Beauty Supply: Detoxing with Dry Brushing

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We always hear about detoxing, which usually comes in the form of juice cleanses and sweating in a sauna, but there is no need for such extreme temperatures and restrictions to detox. Skin is our largest organ, so when you pull out the toxins from your skin, it helps to detox your entire body. One way to do this is by dry brushing. The thing I like best about dry brushing is that it doesn’t involve putting another product on your skin, instead it exfoliates dead skin cells, unclogs pores and reduces cellulite (which are just toxins trapped in your fat cells). Dry brushing also stimulates the lymphatic system which helps remove toxins from your body.

Here are the simple steps for dry brushing:

1- Pick up a non-synthetic dry brush, I use this one. It helps to get one with a detachable long handle so you can use it without the handle on your front side and with the handle in your hard to reach areas.

2- Take your clothes off and stand in the shower. I usually turn the shower on but stand out of the water so my body remains dry but the bathroom is steamy and warm. While dry brushing, dead skin cells will flake off your body, so standing in the shower is best for easy clean up.

3- Start brushing at your feet in long strokes towards your heart. Always brush towards your heart because this is where the main lymphatic system drains. Be sure to brush every area of your body multiple times, take care when brushing delicate areas, like your breasts. Your skin will slowly build up a tolerance to brushing, but at first it can hurt a little.

4- After you have brushed your entire body, get in the shower. Alternate between very hot and very cold temperatures throughout your shower. This constricts and releases your blood vessels and opens and closes your pores which all aid in the detoxification process. Bonus: Rinsing your hair with cold water right before you get out of the shower closes the hair follicles and reduces frizz.

5- When you get out of the shower, slather your body in coconut, avocado, rose hip or jojoba oil. I prefer to put oil on while I am still wet, it locks in moisture and makes for easy application of the oil.

 It is recommended to dry brush twice a day for best results, but in my mind, dry brushing anytime is better than not dry brushing at all. Logical? Probably not, but that’s my school of thought on dry brushing. I dry brush every time I shower, which is usually every other day and the skin on my body is extra soft, has better circulation which results in more pigmentation. I also feel more rejuvenated after my shower.

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Winter Wardrobe Update: Sweater Styling

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Mid-February marks the restless wardrobe syndrome for most winter weather wardrobe wearers. For the past few days we’ve hit a warm streak here in New York, but there are plenty of frigid days in our near future. If you are like me and struggle from restless wardrobe syndrome, then you are always looking for new ways to style your wears (as an alternative to buying new pieces). Today I am highlighting some of my favorites sweater styling tricks that can instantly update your look and your overall wardrobe mood. Anyone can throw on a sweater over jeans, but layering sweaters and tying them asymmetrically feels fresh and as a bonus adds extra warmth. From the Fall 2017 runways, Preen layers a chunky cable knit under a bustier and creates the effect of the of-the-season strong sleeve silhouette. To get the same look as seen at Eudon Choi, put your head and right sleeve through the sweater and twist the left sleeve towards the front while draping the rest of the sweater over your right shoulder. It exudes the ultimate laid back ease attitude. Pringle of Scotland redefines a twin-set by draping an open cardigan over one shoulder and tying the sleeves asymmetrically across the body at the waist. One of my favorite ways to wear an extra sweater is from the Fall 2014 Lemaire runway, tied around the neck like a scarf seen on his runway and in the campaign for his collaboration with Uniqlo. Do you have any favorite sweater styling tricks?

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Weekend Reading: Essentialism

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If you haven’t noticed, I am constantly pursuing a minimalist lifestyle. This doesn’t just involve  owning less material items, but it also pertains to how I spend my time. I went on a road trip a few weeks ago and as I drove, I listened to the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. It changed the way I make decisions, plan my schedule and approach life’s challenges. I’ve gathered some of my favorite quotes from the book which acts as a Cliff’s Notes version. The book delves into real life examples of how people implement each of these things and how it positively effected their life.

“The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage.”

“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.”

“What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance? What if instead we celebrated how much time we had spent listening, pondering, meditating, and enjoying time with the most important people in our lives?”

“We can either make our choices deliberately or allow other people’s agendas to control our lives.”

“Essentialism: only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.”

“the killer question: “If I didn’t already own this, how much would I spend to buy it?”

“It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.”

“If it isn’t a clear yes, then it’s a clear no.”

“EVERY DAY DO SOMETHING THAT WILL INCH YOU CLOSER TO A BETTER TOMORROW. —Doug Firebaugh”

“NO IS A COMPLETE SENTENCE. —Anne Lamott”

More recommended reading:

99U // Stop Trying to Do it All

Steve Paulina // 10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job

Business of Fashion // The Real Dangers of Border Adjusted Tax for Fashion

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DE SMET x NEST TOGETHER

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The wonderful women of Nest Together interviewed me about DE SMET. I discuss who and what inspires me outside of the fashion industry, the piece of clothing that has lasted in my wardrobe for years and what I’d like to see next for DE SMET. Read the full interview here. All photography by Valeria Castillo.

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NYFW: The Row Fall 2017

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It’s refreshing to see so many political messages of hope on the New York runways this season. One of my favorites comes from The Row Fall 2017 collection. Small embroideries punctuate white shirts with messages of unity, dignity, freedom and hope. All things we want for the future of our country. The placement of the embroideries signify that they are more for the wearer than the observer. Other favorite moments at The Row include a splash of yellow, raw fringed edges, head to toe monochrome looks, cinched waists and refined black acid wash denim.

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First image via @ItGirl, other images via Vogue.com.

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